KINRARA ESTATE in Upper Speyside has been put up for sale.

With a productive grouse moor, stalking, salmon and trout fishing, and significant afforestation and carbon capture potential, the estate extends to 9309 acres (3767 hectares) and offers outstanding opportunities for country sports, conservation, forestry, and farming.

The estate forms part of the Monadhliath range of hills, with land rising to 824m at its highest point, while the southern part of the estate lies within the Cairngorm National Park.

Marketing the property is Galbraith, where partner John Bound said: “Kinrara offers a rare opportunity to own and play a key role in the ongoing stewardship of this stunning landscape, including some of the UK’s most sensitive and important habitats.

"The estate offers very considerable afforestation potential, and lucrative carbon capture potential and a feature of the estate is the natural and ancient oak woodlands situated on the north side of the A9. The areas of peatland at Kinrara could also be a significant asset in the quickly developing carbon economy.

“It is a wonderful, mixed estate, underpinned by good housing, farming, significant forestry and sporting activities.”

The Kinrara moor is regarded as one of the finest driven grouse moors in the Highlands, with gullies, ridges and undulating terrain that provides challenging and exciting shooting. With 19 drives, the 10-year average stands at 460 brace.

The estate also offers some red deer and roe stalking, and there is also a challenging 'high bird' pheasant shoot.

Salmon fishing is available on the River Dulnain, a spawning tributary of the river Spey. Although a spate river on which no formal records have been kept, there are a number of holding pools that can provide sport in the right conditions. Loch Alvie and the hill loch, Lochan Dubh, both offer trout fishing.

A significant proportion of the low ground at Kinrara, some 254 acres, is woodland, with species such as silver birch, rowan and native Scots Pine. Much of the woodland is noted within the Ancient Woodland Inventory. In addition, there are around 12 acres of conifer plantation, which offer shelter and cover for the farming and sporting enterprises.

About 142 acres of the land is used as pasture, the majority of which is cut for silage. The remaining low ground comprises a mix of rough grazing with open grazed woodland.

Galbraith suggested that there was considerable potential to create further woodland on the estate. An initial site survey found that approximately 3700 acres (1500 ha) might be suitable for the planting of native broadleaved woodland, with more commercial crops on the low ground.

The estate is complemented by the six-bedroom Lynwilg House, an Edwardian house with views to the Cairngorms. The accommodation is of a high standard with four reception rooms, six bedrooms and five bathrooms.

There are seven further houses and cottages on the estate and a good number of useful outbuildings, including a shoot room and two boathouses on Loch Alvie.

In the past, planning permission was granted, subject to a section 75 agreement, for the construction of a substantial new lodge on a site overlooking Loch Alvie. While this permission was not pursued by the owners, there is the potential to explore this opportunity in the future, subject to the necessary consents.

Kinrara Estate is for sale with the guide price of £7.5m. For further information please contact Galbraith.